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Gmail extensions that take your mailbox to the next level

Gmail extensions that take your mailbox to the next level

Gmail extensions that take your mailbox to the next level
August 12
19:14 2017

When it comes to email, there have been many brands that lay claims to be the best clients. Some of these are best suited for corporations, some for personal, while others can be used perfectly well for both.

Gmail is synonymous for being an email client that is used for both personal as well as work profiles. As Gmail evolved, the search giant introduced its own browser and created additional plugins that took the best of its email service and made it even better.

Meet WhatsApp’s 10 ‘biggest rivals’

Meet WhatsApp’s 10 ‘biggest rivals’

WhatsApp is almost the default messaging app for most of us in India. The app boasting of over a billion users offers some nifty features that has most of us hooked. However, if you search around, there are some worthy rivals that you can consider. Many of these apps offer features that are missing in WhatsApp. Here’s over to 10 WhatsApp alternatives that you can consider.


Hike is said to be India’s first home-grown messaging platform. The messaging app claims millions of users in India. Hike is available on smartphones running Android, iOS and Windows Phone. It trumps over the Facebook-owned instant messenger WhatsApp, courtesy its better sticker collection, hidden chat feature and limited ‘free messaging’ to non-Hike members. The company recently launched new features like Stories, Camera and Live Filters for India.

Facebook Messenger

Although both Messenger and WhatsApp now fall under the same Facebook family, Facebook Messenger over the past few the years has made rapid strides in the instant messaging segment. The app features a sea of stickers, has some simple but quite addictive games, and some small customization options as well. There’s also auto reply option. Facebook Messenger roo is is available on all major platforms. The messaging platform recently got a new look. The update introduces new tabs to the top of Messenger’s main screen.


Line app is widely known as Facebook of Japan. Another rival to WhatsApp messenger, the app reportedly has 214 million users. The Line app offers features like timeline, coupons, video snapping. There’s also support for sharing of files up to 1GB, a feature missing in WhatsApp. Line recently said that it will soon add a personal digital assistant like Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana and Amazon Alexa to its app.


BlackBerry Messenger or BBM is available on Android and iOS devices and uses a BlackBerry ID and a unique PIN to sign-in users and connect them in a secure manner. The Canadian company recently announced the availability of a new portal for artists who create BBM stickers. With the new BBM Sticker Factory, anyone can now offer stickers for review.


Another WhatsApp rival is encrypted messaging app Telegram. The app too offers a number of features that are missing in WhatsApp. The instant messaging app includes option to self-destruct a message in seconds and can also let users share file sizes of up to 1.5GB. Telegram additionally has super groups that can feature up to 1,000 users along with Telegram Bots, gif support and more. It is free and available on all major app stores, Google Play and App store. Telegram recently announced a new service called It lets users watch video messages from public Telegram channels.


Japanese app Viber is another rival to WhatsApp. It is a popular messaging and VoIP app. The app offers features like Pinned Chat and free phone calls functionality. The app also lets users make video calls and exchange photos and messages between mobile devices and desktop computers just like WhatsApp. In early February, Viber app got support for Ephemeral Messaging. Later that month, it got another update which added a feature called Public Accounts that allows users to connect with their retailers and brands. Japanese MNC Rakuten acquired Viber in 2014 in a deal worth $900 million.


The instant messaging app WeChat is one of the biggest rivals to WhatsApp, with reportedly almost 938 million users. The instant messenger app has large userbased in China and is growing in other regions as well. WeChat, popularly known as Weixin in China, is owned by Tencent Holdings. The company claims that there are about 200,000 third-party developers for its platform. Besides offering regular chatting features, it has some games too. It also has support for short voice messages and video-calling feature like WhatsApp. The WeChat app also has a payment feature for e-commerce, something that is missing in WhatsApp.


Microsoft’s Skype service can too be termed as a WhatsApp rival, though largely its focus of lies in video and audio calling. Users can even perform group video calls easily and chat using bunch of stickers and emojis. Skype for Windows 10 recently got new updates with improvements to screen sharing. This means users can now share their PC’s audio while sharing screen on a call.

Google Allo

Google Allo is search giant’s rival to WhatsApp. Launched in 2016, the application’s main strength is the inclusion of Google Assistant. Users can send contacts, search for places, items and everything else right from inside the app itself. Google’s messaging app Allo recently got an emoji upgrade. With this, users will now be able to tap a button and turn a selfie into a sticker. Google Assistant recently got support for French and Spanish in Alloo app.


Not very widely-known app in India, KakaoTalk is another strong rival to WhatsApp. The app is the dominat messaging app in South Korea. Available in multiple languages, the instant messaging app boasts of several features including video calling. The app also has animated emoticons. Also, unlike WhatsApp, KakaoTalk app doesn’t need user’s mobile number but works on KaTalk ID. The app is available on smartphones running Android, iOS, Bada OS and Windows Phone. Its Korean messaging app operator Kakao Corp is the second-largest on Kosdaq by market capitalisation.

There are many plugins out there to get take Gmail to the next level, and we’ve listed a few for you.

It is no secret that Gmail has a few security bugs lurking in the background. Google‘s teams work tirelessly to fix the bugs, but the creators of this plugin give you the extra security when sending emails. Mailvelope adds end-to-end encryption to all your emails, thus assuring that your email is read only by the recipient.

This easy to set up plugin creates a custom, business card style stamp at the end of every email that you send (or for selected ones). In addition to showing off your credentials with a picture of yourself, the plugin allows you to add links to multiple social network websites as well. Purchasing the plugin gives you access to wider range of features and customizations that are not available in the trial version.

Rename Email
There are times when you often receive emails with the most irritating subject lines, or some emails are important but the subject lines do not convey the importance of the message. With Rename Email , checking again on your mail could get easier for you. This handy extension allows you to customise the subject line of any emails you receive.

Boomerang for Gmail
Asking someone else to send an email at a specific time or keeping reminders to send one will be a thing of the past. With Boomerang, you can schedule your emails easily in few simple steps. The premium version of the extension unlocks more features including scheduling recurring messages, email tracking, etc.
The Top Inbox for Gmail
Another extension which helps in scheduling emails is The Top Inbox . The interface is simple and you can get used to it in a matter of minutes. You can track emails to see if it has been read or not, or can schedule replies to certain emails depending on a set rules.

Dropbox for Gmail
There is always the possibility that your files are backed up to more than just one cloud service — be it Google Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox. Perhaps that’s why Dropbox introduced its own extension for Chrome which allows you to directly attach files to your emails without opening a separate session on your browser.
This handy extension takes managing your inbox from easy to clutter-free. Timing your replies for a specific email, to tracking emails that you haven’t received any reply to are available in specific tabs. Digging around through your email would be a thing of the past with this extension .

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